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When To Visit The Maldives – Discovering Maldives with Vilamendhoo

Picture the perfect tropical holiday destination – white sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons, balmy temperatures of about 30°C and plenty of sunshine – discover all of this at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa! But before booking you’ll want to find out about when to visit the Maldives – afterall, most tropical holidays have to be planned around the monsoons and have only a short window of opportunity for good weather, there’s good news: the Maldives is a year-round destination.

The seasons in the Maldives are due to two main monsoons, each bringing different weather patterns. High season runs from November to April and is governed by the North-East Monsoon. At this time of year you can expect fantastic weather: flat calm seas, great underwater visibility for snorkelling and scuba diving as well as plenty of sunshine. Low season starts in May and goes through to October following the South-West Monsoon and although the weather can be less settled at this time of year the sun still shines. Divers and snorkellers will love low season as the slightly decreased visibility is due to increased plankton levels – and with plankton comes a greater than usual abundance of fish. No matter when you visit the Maldives, there is no absolute rule with regards to rainfall – the islands’ lush vegetation depends on rain and it occurs throughout the year but, rest assured, it’s usually short lived and the perfect chance to visit the spa or sip a cocktail and, before you know it, the sun will have reappeared!

The seasons don’t really matter too much with regards to marine life either – Vilamendhoo’s enviable location in South Ari Atoll is perfect for those bucket-list encounters all year round – the manta rays and whale sharks take no notice of the season, luckily for our divers and snorkelers, sightings are possible in every month.

Whether you’re travelling as a family and need to take into account school holidays or dream of spending a special occasion with us here in the Maldives – you can book safe in the knowledge that it’s always a great time to visit Vilamendhoo!

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2020 Maldives Dive Guide – Scuba Diving at Vilamendhoo

Plan the perfect dive holiday for 2020 at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, one of the top diving resorts in the Maldives. Located in the South Ari Atoll, Vilamendhoo is a divers’ paradise and enjoys the best of what the Maldives has to offer as a world-renowned diving destination. The crystal clear water, tropical temperatures and uncrowded dive sites are just the start.

As soon as you dive into the ocean, the underwater world, full of colour and vibrance, will leave you awestruck. The coral reefs are teeming with life and diversity – from tiny clownfish hiding amongst the anemones to large, bright green napoleon wrasse cruising by. The clouds of fusiliers will mesmerise you as they move in unison, darting suddenly when a hunting party of jackfish appear. Hard coral structures provide the perfect hiding place for the smaller reef inhabitants while colourful soft corals adorn the dive sites.

Vilamendhoo is in an enviable location, close to world-famous manta ray and whale shark points. If these gentle giants of the ocean are on your diving bucket list, you will be glad you booked this resort. Whale shark search trips are available multiple times per week throughout the year – it’s always whale shark season at Vilamendhoo! If you’re interested in finding out more about the marine life, in particular, the majestic manta rays, you can visit the resident marine biologist from Manta Trust who will be happy to tell you all about the research they carry out at sites close to the island.

Vilamendhoo’s house reef provides a spectacular option for lazy days when you simply want to dive with your buddy without taking a boat trip; accessible from almost every point on the island, it’s home to more than 150 species of fish and great for underwater photography.

The dive centre on the island is operated by Euro-Divers, one of the Maldives’ most experienced dive operators and as a PADI 5 Star Centre, they offer the full range of PADI courses catering to all experience levels – from beginner to professionals. Daily dive excursions are available and with more than 50 dive sites accessible by boat from Vilamendhoo, including those to the nearby Marine Protected Area and the National Park, there are countless adventures waiting for you.

See you in 2020 for the scuba diving holiday of a life time!

Bucket List Experiences To Try In 2020

Located in the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa occupies an enviable position surrounded by vibrant coral reefs and an abundance of marine life, giving rise to what is arguably one of the best snorkelling locations in the Maldives. Take advantage of the once in a lifetime underwater encounters and make 2020 a year to remember with this great collection of bucket list experiences to try at Vilamendhoo.

Swim with whale sharks

The Maldives is the go-to place for snorkellers and scuba divers hoping to see whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean. Vilamendhoo is located in a prime position in the South Ari Atoll and considered one of the top places in the world for whale shark encounters, with regular trips scheduled throughout the year.

Snorkel with manta rays 

Manta rays – graceful, majestic and a bucket list favourite, frequent the famous site ‘Manta Point’ as well as other spots nearby. Join a snorkel excursion and witness first-hand the incredible choreographed ballet of manta rays in motion. It’s a mesmerising experience that remains etched in the mind of those who experience it for many years to come.

Meet the Maldives’ turtles 

Five out of the seven sea turtle species in the world can be found in the Maldives. Vilamendhoo offers a daily Turtle Excursion to swim with turtles in their natural environment. Sea turtles are listed as endangered worldwide, so this is a very special experience. Photo opportunities are plentiful as they come to breathe at the surface!

Explore a bountiful reef 

Vilamendhoo’s spectacular house reef is just a short swim from the shore, and it’s brimming with marine life. Ten easy access channels through the reef make this a hassle-free experience you can enjoy throughout the day. Get ready to be amazed by the colour and variety of fish inhabiting the reef.

The Maldives is every bit the bucket list destination and if you’re looking for snorkelling adventures and once in a lifetime experiences you’re sure to find them here at Vilamendhoo. Check out our current special offer as you plan your visit.

Swimming With Manta Rays In Vilamendhoo

Despite their size, manta rays are gentle, magnificent creatures. They are a flattened type of fish with wide fins that look like wings and no bones. They are found in tropical waters such as the Maldives. In Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, we offer a variety of excursions allowing you to hopefully spot, swim and photograph manta rays. Before heading out on this adventure, here are a few things you should know about manta rays.

Manta Rays, whose width exceeds 3 metres, are quite large. Female mantas are usually larger than their male counterparts. Manta rays have the biggest brains of all fish and do display some intelligent behaviour. They feed on plankton, which they filter through their gill-rakers.

Manta rays are peaceful and gentle creatures that do not pose any threats to humans. As they are very sensitive to disturbance, there are a few things to consider when swimming with mantas. Manta Trust advises swimmers to enter the water calmly and quietly, no closer than 10 metres away from the manta ray. Once in the water, keep your fins below the surface and avoid splashing as noise can scare away manta rays. Do not approach them any closer than 3 metres and always approach from the side, giving manta rays a clear path ahead. Finally, never touch a manta ray or chase after one.

As with most marine-life, we cannot predict their schedule. We do, however, have excursions that transport you to known manta spots where if you are lucky, you can see and swim with them. Join our Ocean Discovery or our Manta and Turtle excursions for great adventures. Should you happen to spot some manta rays and photograph them, tag #vilamendhoo in your posts so we can see too!

Happy adventures!

3 Romantic Adventures In Vilamendhoo

The Maldives brings out the romantic in every traveller. In Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, with the beautiful tropical setting, this is truer than ever. Vilamendhoo is the perfect place to embark on a romantic adventure, as you enjoy the best of what nature offers: lush greenery, white beach and azure, crystal-clear waters. For a unique way to celebrate your honeymoon, anniversary or simply a romantic getaway, read on.

Escape to a private area on the beach and indulge in life’s luxuries with our Romantic Candlelight Seafood Dinner. The decadent meal, centred on the Maldivian lobster, is served in a stunning gazebo setting right on the seashore. The soft swaying of the palm trees and the lapping of the waves creates a magical atmosphere for you to enjoy a delightful evening with your loved one. This incredible experience is US $190 per couple and is available throughout the month.

To start your special day memorably, order in the Champagne Breakfast. The full American Breakfast will be served in the privacy of your room before noon. Toast to your love as you take in the beautiful views all around. Afterwards, you can embark on whatever adventures you please, having started your day off on an amazing note. The Champagne Breakfast Room Service is US $75 per couple.

Finally, any time during your stay, book a Him & Her treatment at Duniye Spa . An indulgent and romantic experience, this treatment features special aromatic oils, and soothing music in candlelight and is wonderfully relaxing. Afterwards, sip on some champagne as you marvel at the revitalising powers of the treatment. This experience is US $255 per couple and lasts 75 minutes.

Read more about our romantic experiences here and check out our current special offers .

A Perfect Vacation in Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

You have arrived in paradise. You are ready for the perfect bliss and relaxation that await you. We have a couple of ideas to help you envision what your days ahead at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa can look like.

Explore

Vilamendhoo offers an underwater playground that is a swimmer’s dream. A treasure trove of undersea adventures, there is so much to do on the island. Book the Manta & Turtle excursion, the Whale Shark Excursion or step into the water and explore the magnificent reef that is just a stone-throw away. With the Euro-Divers Dive Centre available on the island, you can also opt to enrol into any of their courses and get PADI Certified. The Euro-Divers team guarantee a safe, fun and memorable diving experience.

For a romantic adventure, watch as the sun dips into the horizon and paints the sky all shades of orange on the Sunset Cruise. This late afternoon boat trip on a local Dhoni combines the stunning views of the sunset and the calming ambience of the sea to make the perfect excursion. If you are lucky, you may spot some dolphins as they too, join in the sunset watching.

The entertainment doesn’t end at sea. On land, there is just as much to try. There are a variety of sports facilities including an equipped Fitness Centre, Volleyball Court, Badminton Court, Mahjong Table, Football Grounds, Swimming Pool and so much more. You are bound to be spoilt for choice.

Dine

Welcome to food heaven. The buffet restaurant serves up a variety of regional and international cuisines to suit everyone’s taste. The all-you-can-eat serving style ensures you get to eat to your fill. The live cooking stations at hand allow you to watch as your food is prepared to your order. Enjoy the freshly made treats, the delicious tropical fruits and the warm and friendly service from our waiters.

From romantic dinners on the beach, illuminated by the moonlight, to tempting speciality cuisines at any of the la carte restaurants available, evenings are a special occasion in Vilamendhoo. The intimate dinners on the beach present an opportunity to make a special moment more memorable. Dine on the pristine sand as the ocean serenades the two of you, the palm trees swaying in the breeze. The a la carte restaurants, Asian Wok and Hot Rock, are just as unique. Savour the best of Asian cuisine and teppanyaki at Asian Wok or relish the wonderful experience of watching seafood or exotic game meat cooked at your table on hot rocks.

Step into a world of care at Duniye Spa. Recharge your energy and rejuvenate your body and mind under the able hands of our spa attendants. Here, a space of healing, touch and aroma has been carefully created to promote a deep sense of calm, joy and serenity. Their offerings from signature treatments to couple indulgences, combine oriental traditions and modern skincare to help you drift away into a realm of peace.

Enjoy

Before settling into your room, sample our evening entertainment   that varies every other day. Ocean Discovery Night, Karaoke Night and Maldivian Night being great examples of what we have to offer. Craving a nightcap? Walk into any of the bars available on the island for a cold, refreshing drink, prepared by our excellent bartenders.

There is much to explore on Vilamendhoo. Check out our exclusive offers and book your next trip to paradise.

How to Plan Your Dream Vacation To Vilamendhoo

There is nothing like a few days or weeks away from home to help you de-stress and decompress. Planning a vacation to a new destination can be both exciting and daunting. Here are some tips to help you plan the trip of your dreams to Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa .

Visualise Where You Would Like To Go
Now that you have settled on the Maldives as your dream vacation, visualise how exactly you would like your vacation to be. Would you want an adventurous holiday or a laid back getaway? Would you prefer a family friendly resort or adults only one? These are essential questions to ask yourself before you even start packing your bags. Vilamendhoo provides the perfect balance. Those looking for a tranquil getaway can enjoy our tropical paradise, as there are plenty of adult only areas. Similarly, there is plenty of adventure too, particularly underwater, for those who are seeking thrills and adrenaline. There is a myriad of activities tailored forfamilies or couples .

Do Your Research
Learn as much as you can about the place you wish to travel to. This will help you prepare accordingly for your vacation. Factors such as peak seasons, weather and attractions are essential to take into account. Our website hosts a wealth of information that will help you plan your holiday. Vilamendhoo is famous for its house reef that is startling with its proximity to the beach and the diverse marine life that it houses. While there is a vast variety of marine life to be seen all year round, the months of June through to November are popular for manta ray spotting. In terms of weather, Vilamendhoo enjoys an excellent climate throughout the year, although a little rain is usually experienced during the summer months. You can find out a lot about excursions , activities and events that happen in Vilamendhoo through our website. This way, you know what to pack for your trip.

Connect
Before your holiday, it is great to connect with Vilamendhoo on Facebook Instagram Twitter and through the Live Chat function on the website. The Live Chat function allows you to speak with our team who are ready and willing to answer any questions you may have or to provide whatever assistance may be needed. Social media platforms allow you to get real-time updates from the island and connect with other guests who have been to or are currently on the island.

We hope you find these tips useful. If you have any further questions, we would be happy to answer them. Experience our part of paradise by booking your next holiday to Vilamendhoo. Have a look at our current offers here.

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